Hynes defends his haredi abuse policy

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes reportedly said that the haredi Orthodox community is the only one in his jurisdiction in which sexual assault victims are harassed and intimidated.

In an interview in Andrea Peyser’s New York Post column, Hynes cited the insularity of Brooklyn’s haredi community and the need to protect sex-abuse victims from intimidation for his refusal to release the names of accused molesters from the community.

“I departed from the policy of identifying defendants,’’ he told Peyser. “The reason is that within days, people within this relentless community would identify the victims. Then the intimidation would start.’’

Hynes has been under attack for refusing to divulge the names. He has been criticized as trying to curry favor with the haredi Orthodox constituency, which has supported him in past elections.

The district attorney said that victims of sexual assault in the haredi community, especially children, “would be thrown out of summer camp, arranged marriages would be stopped. Kicked out of the yeshivas. It’s the only community that has this kind of problem.”

Hynes’ handling of the issue has been the subject of investigations by several media outlets, including the New York Jewish Week and the Forward. — jta